In American Anomie, a short film written and directed by Shahriar Azim, Timir, a young south-Asian student attends a prestigious Los Angeles music academy, chasing his dream of becoming a classical composer. To scrape together money for tuition he manages a shady motel in South LA where he lives with his girlfriend, Sarah. He struggles to find meaning in his music when faced with the grinding poverty and depravity the motel residents experience each night. As he watches his dreams, his relationship, and his ambitions slip away, Timir finds himself at a crossroads.
We had a video interview with Shahriar Azim about making of American Anomie:
Shahriar Azim is an Independent Filmmaker with a soul rooted in many nations. He was born in 1990 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was there that Shahriar first became aware of the wonders of the world and the power of storytelling. In 2010, at the age of 20, he moved to Moscow after receiving a scholarship in Journalism. He made his first short documentary film “We are Global Citizen” (2014), a documentary that deals with the suffering caused by war and how traditional media helps to publicize the narrative of warmongers rather than stopping them down. The documentary got multiple awards. In 2015 Shahriar made his second Documentary Film “Freedom 404”, depicting journalism in Bangladesh. Shahriar filmed for two months and covered almost all the major areas of Bangladeshi journalism. After graduating from PFUR (2015), he branched out into fictional storytelling instead of working as a journalist and moved to Los Angeles. From 2016 Azim continuously making various kinds of short films such as Osmosis (2016), Black beans (2017), Widh (2019). “Widh” was screened in multiple Film Festival and won audience choice Award in Ojai shot film festival (2020)